Frequently Asked Questions

Pregnant FAQs

How do I choose a family to place my child with?

While this is a very personal decision, there are some things to consider that will help you decide what type of family you would like your child to become a part of. Take a look at our “Choosing a Family Guide” written by a birth mother. 

What does open adoption mean for me and for my child?

Open adoption is a relationship between the adoptive family and the birth family that includes some level of contact between the two parties. Openness can range from sharing updates and pictures through your adoption agency to meeting face-to-face on a regular basis. There are varying levels of open adoption. Learn if open adoption is right for you.

If I find a family I would like to get to know better, how do I contact them?

You can contact them by sending an email message through our internal messaging system or you can create an account and use video chat and instant message.

Do I have to pay anything to use Adoption.com Parent Profiles?

No. This is a free resource for expectant mothers who are considering placing a child for adoption.

How do I know if the family I pick is approved for adoption?

Every family that has a profile listed on our site has completed a home check, background check, financial and medical checks, and has met all of the adoption requirements in their state. 

If I contact a hopeful adoptive parent, does that mean I am committed to choosing them?

No. You are welcome to reach out to as many families as you’d like. When making contact with hopeful adoptive families, please make sure to let them know that you’re just in the getting-to-know-you stage of the game and that you haven’t made any final decisions about the baby’s future yet.

Do I need to choose families from within my own state?

No. You may place your child with a family from any state.

Adopting FAQs

Who can list a “Hoping to Adopt” profile on Adoption.com Parent Profiles?

To be listed on Parent Profiles as a hopeful adoptive parent, you will need to have a completed adoption home study. Additionally, your adoption attorney or agency will need to notify us of your eligibility to adopt. All family types (gay, lesbian, single parent, two parent, etc.) from all states are welcome to list with us. 

How long do most hopeful adoptive parents stay on Parent Profiles?

The average listing time on Parent Profiles is 8 months.

How much does it cost hopeful adoptive parents to have an active profile on your site?

As a hopeful adoptive parent, you are required to make a monthly payment of $199 for the Silver Profile, $399 a month for the Gold Profile and $599 a month for the Platinum Profile. Please go to this page for more information. There is no set-up fee applied to any of our accounts.

Expectant parents considering placing a child for adoption can create a profile for free.

If I deactivate my “Hoping to Adopt” profile and then want to reactivate it later on, will I need to pay the setup fee again?

The activation fee applies every time a hopeful adoptive parent activates or reactivates their profile. However, this fee can always be waived by a discount code provided by your Adoption Service Provider.

When do I get charged for your services? Can I start a profile for free?

As a hopeful adoptive parent, you can start creating a profile today. You will not be charged until your profile is activated. Your billing date each month will be the day you activate your profile.

If I deactivate my “Hoping to Adopt” profile, will my information be stored for future use?

Upon deactivation, your profile information will be stored in our database but will no longer appear on the site. You will still be able to log in to your account. Should you wish to reactivate your profile, you may log in, update your paperwork, and make any profile changes before requesting re-activation. 

Can hopeful adoptive parents post links to blog and social media sites on their profiles?

Yes, you can share links in the “About” section of your profile. Many of the families on Adoption.com Parent Profiles link to their family blog, adoption blog, or Facebook page.

What tools are available to help hopeful adoptive parents identify and prevent potential adoption scams?

There is always a certain amount of risk involved when you use the Internet. Learn to recognize the red flags of potential adoption scams.

Also, make sure to connect with other hopeful adoptive parents in the private Adoption.com Parent Profiles group.

How many adoptions occur as a result of an Adoption.com Parent Profiles listing?

We don’t know for sure. However, 68 adoptions were reported to the Parent Profiles team last year. These numbers are based on surveys submitted when a hopeful adoptive individual or couple deactivated their Parent Profile. Deactivation may occur months before placement or finalization of an adoption. Adoption.com Parent Profiles celebrates all adoption connections, whether attributable to its services or other sources.

How will I know that my “Hoping to Adopt” profile is being advertised and viewed?

You may view statistical data that shows how many visitors have been to your profile and their average visit duration, how many page views your individual profile sections (Photos, Contact, Video, Letter etc.) have received, and where these visits are coming from. These statistics can be found in the “My Statistics” section of your profile.

Are hopeful adoptive parents guaranteed a placement as a result of listing on Adoption.com Parent Profiles?

No, but we are a great resource for increasing your exposure to individuals who may be considering placing their child for adoption.

As a hopeful adoptive parent, can I cancel my membership whenever I want?

Yes, you can cancel whenever you want, but please be aware that we do not issue prorated refunds. If you deactivate your account with us after the billing cycle for that current month, you will not be issued a refund for the days you are not live that month. In order to insure that you end your time of service with us before the next billing cycle starts please deactivate your profile by the end of the month.

Does Adoption.com Parent Profiles have tools for family and friends to help hopeful adoptive parents make an adoption connection?

Why is Adoption.com Parent Profiles the most effective way to advertise my desire to adopt?

First, your listing on our website will include a variety of features to help you connect with birth parents more easily. On your profile, you can:

  • Upload videos.
  • Have family and friends post recommendations and endorsements.
  • Maintain a blog.
  • ”Pin” interests and hobbies to your profile.
  • Add photos to a photo gallery.
  • Communicate with prospective birth parents via instant messaging and video chat.
  • “Spread the Word” using Parent Profiles tools that allow you to tell the world about your desire to adopt.
  • Link to your personal blog(s) and other social media pages.

Next, you will gain access to a private support group that will connect you with other hopeful adoptive parents. This group is particularly helpful in identifying possible scams early on.

Finally, you will increase your reach and exposure by listing on Adoption.com Parent Profiles. Adoption.com currently receives ½ million monthly page views.

Professional FAQs

Can the hopeful adoptive parents I’m working with receive a discount when I refer them to Adoption.com Parent Profiles?

Yes. They can get the $99 setup fee waived with a discount code we will provide you. Contact us at parentprofiles@adoption.com or by phone at (208) 419-3162 to receive this code if you do not already have one. 

Is it easy for me to browse profiles from my agency only?

Yes. You can search for and browse only those families represented by you or your agency.

Who can list on Adoption.com Parent Profiles?

To be listed on Parent Profiles, families will need to have a completed home study and verification from an adoption agency or attorney. When one of your clients contacts us about creating a listing on our site, we will send you an email requesting verification that they are approved to adopt. You will able to complete this verification via email. All family types (gay, lesbian, single parent, two parent, etc.) from all states are welcome to list with us.

How can Parent Profilesbenefit my clients?

You will increase your client’s reach and exposure by listing on Adoption.com Parent Profiles. 

A listing on our website provides multiple ways for your clients to market themselves in a single place. On Adoption.com Parent Profiles, they can:

  • Upload videos.
  • Have family and friends post recommendations and endorsements.
  • Maintain a blog.
  • ”Pin” interests and hobbies.
  • Add photos to a photo gallery.
  • Communicate with prospective birth parents via instant messaging and video chat.
  • “Spread the Word” using Parent Profile social sharing tools.
  • Link to their personal blog(s) and other social media pages.

Your clients will also gain access to a private support group that will connect them with other hopeful adoptive parents. This group is particularly helpful in identify possible scams.

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